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List of notable or famous conductors from the United States, with bios and photos, including the top conductors born in the United States and even some popular conductors who immigrated to the United States. If you're trying to find out the names of famous American conductors then this list is the perfect resource for you. These conductors are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known conductor from the United States is included when available.

People here include everything from Frank Zappa to Frank Sinatra.

This historic conductors from the United States list can help answer the questions "Who are some American conductors of note?" and "Who are the most famous conductors from the United States?" These prominent conductors of the United States may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected American conductors.

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Frank Sinatra is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Conductors from the United States
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Francis Albert "Frank" Sinatra was an American singer, actor, director, and producer. Beginning his musical career in the swing era as a boy singer with Harry James and Tommy Dorsey, Sinatra found success as a solo artist from the early to mid-1940s after being signed by Columbia Records in 1943. Being the idol of the "bobby soxers", he released his first album, The Voice of Frank Sinatra, in 1946. His professional career had stalled by the early 1950s, but it was reborn in 1953 after he won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in From Here to Eternity. He signed with Capitol Records in 1953 and released several critically lauded albums. Sinatra left Capitol to ...more

Age: Died at 83 (1915-1998)

Birthplace: Hoboken, New Jersey, United States of America

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Frank Zappa is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Conductors from the United States
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Frank Vincent Zappa was an American musician, bandleader, songwriter, composer, recording engineer, record producer, and film director. In a career spanning more than 30 years, Zappa composed rock, jazz, orchestral and musique concrète works. He also directed feature-length films and music videos, and designed album covers. Zappa produced almost all of the more than 60 albums he released with the band the Mothers of Invention and as a solo artist. While in his teens, he acquired a taste for 20th-century classical composers such as Edgard Varèse, Igor Stravinsky, and Anton Webern, along with 1950s rhythm and blues music. He began writing classical music in high school, while at the same time ...more

Age: Died at 53 (1940-1993)

Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, United States of America

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Jackie Gleason is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Conductors from the United States
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John Herbert “Jackie” Gleason was an American comedian, actor, and musician. He was known for his brash visual and verbal comedy style, exemplified by his character Ralph Kramden in The Honeymooners. Among his notable film roles were Minnesota Fats in the 1961 drama The Hustler and Buford T. Justice in the Smokey and the Bandit series. ...more

Age: Died at 71 (1916-1987)

Birthplace: Bushwick, New York City, New York, United States of America

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Quincy Jones is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Conductors from the United States
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Quincy Delight Jones, Jr. is an American record producer, conductor, arranger, composer, musician, television producer, film producer, instrumentalist, magazine founder, entertainment company executive, and humanitarian. His career spans six decades in the entertainment industry and a record 79 Grammy Award nominations, 27 Grammys, including a Grammy Legend Award in 1991. He is a descendant of the Tikar people in Cameroon. Jones and fellow artist Alison Krauss have won the second most Grammys in history. In 1968, Jones and his songwriting partner Bob Russell became the first African Americans to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song, their "The Eyes of Love" for the ...more

Age: 85

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

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